Baptized in December, Teen Kills Family, Dies after Police Chase and Shootout

Jason C. Hendrix, 16, is believed to have shot and killed his mother, father and sister after a dispute with his parents over computer use before driving from Corbin to the East Coast, where he was killed in a shootout with police in Maryland, Corbin police Chief David Campbell said Sunday.

Baltimore County Police in Maryland confirmed Sunday that it was Hendrix who was shot and killed Saturday.

Hendrix had a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, two .38-caliber pistols, a double-barreled shotgun and backpack “completely full of ammo,” Campbell said in an interview.

Hendrix, a high school Junior ROTC student and active church member, apparently went to a church youth meeting Wednesday night after his family had been slain, Campbell said.

“At a church youth meeting he had told them he had found his dad’s guns,” Campbell said. “He didn’t say if he had them in the vehicle or not.”

Kevin and Sarah Hendrix and daughter Grace were found dead at their Forest Circle Drive home in Corbin on Saturday afternoon.

“All three were shot in the head at least twice,” Campbell said. “A pillow was used to try to muffle the gunshot used on all three individuals. The pillows were still on their faces.”

Police think the victims were gunned down late Wednesday afternoon, Campbell said. The father still had on his sport coat and tie from work. The mother was ambushed as she stepped into the kitchen from the garage after arriving home from work.

Jason Hendrix took his mother’s SUV, Campbell said. Police were uncertain why he chose to drive to Maryland.

The teen “was mad at his parents over the usage of his computer. They had taken his computer rights away,” Campbell told the Herald-Leader.

Drew Mahan, founding pastor of Forward Community Church, which the family attended, said officers questioned him extensively about Jason on Saturday night after discovering the bodies. He described Jason Hendrix as a faithful member of his three-year-old church, which held services at a movie theater.

Hendrix would arrive every Sunday at 7 a.m. to help set up the church’s equipment and was baptized in December.

Corbin teen killed in shootout after family slain argued with parents over computer use, police say. Kentucky.com/Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/15/2015.

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